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Apr. 24, 2012

Lasting Powers of Ten

by Annette Heist

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I knew the husband and wife design team of Charles Eames (1907-78) and Ray Eames (1912-88) made furniture, but I didn’t know they also put their considerable talents to work explaining science.
 
In 1977 the Eameses made a short film, Powers of Ten, which explains scale–from the macro to the micro level–by taking viewers from the cosmos, to the inside of a cell, to the space between subatomic particles. And like their iconic chair designs, this work has staying power.
 
SoundVision Productions includes the Eamses’ short film in the reading list for their Science Literacy Project program participants. You can watch the film below, and find out more about the Eameses and their work here. (SciFri trivia: Astrophysicist and former Science Friday guest Philip Morrison narrated the film.)
 
About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.

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